Extracurricular Activities


There are a variety of extracurricular activities in which students can participate.  Interscholastic sports are available only to 7th and 8th grade students but other extracurricular activities are open to all grades.  Activity information included in the announcements scrolling on the TV monitors.  If you have any questions, contact Mr. Mark Kenny, Activities Director, at 558-4153; mkenny@cr.k12.ia.us.  If you or you know of someone who might be interested in sponsoring an extracurricular activity, stop by the main office.   

Below are extracurricular activities that were offered last school year.  Students should check the announcement screens to find out when activities will be starting.      


By Audition

School Musical - See Ms. Lange for more information  

Chamber Orchestra - See Mr. Mnayer for more information

Classic Edition (Show Choir) - see Ms. Lange for more information

Jazz Band -  See Mrs. Phelan for more information.                     

Variety Show.  Fundraiser for Fine Arts department. 




McKinley News Team - Group meets on Monday's after school from 2:50 to 4:00 pm.  See Mrs. Gardner, librarian, for more information.


Empower Book Club - Group meets on Monday's and Wednesday's from 3:00-3:45.  See Mrs. Swanson for more information.


Robotics - See Mrs. Clendineng


Student Council - See Mr. Guy for more information.


Yearbook - See Mrs. Fitzpatrick with questions.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes -  Monthly meetings from 7:00-7:40 am.  See Mr. Tower for more information.


Forensic Club - See Mr. Martinez or Officer Anne for more information.

This program will focus on the use and application of forensic science to solve crimes and is being co-sponsored by School Resource Officer Anne Deutmeyer.  Students will also get hands-on experience in CSI practices, such as fingerprint and DNA collection as well as footprint impressions to name a few.  Students will discuss examples of DNA, and how they are analyzed to solve crimes, including hair, skin, blood, and other bodily fluids.  Students will not be exposed to any of these items at any time.  In addition, students will participate in field trips to the CR Police Department and Linn County Courthouse.


Project HOPE FLYER (6th grade) -  Meets Wednesdays and Thursdays in November from 3:00-4:15 in room 200.  See Mrs. Wilson for more information

Want to be a part of a positive after school group?  Project HOPE is a career education program that will give you the opportunity to explore your interests and how they relate to health care careers. You get to explore this through hands-on activities, such as a Jeopardy game, an interest "party", and a field trip to the University of Iowa. Graduate students from the University of Iowa will visit us twice a week to talk with you about careers and interact with you to help you learn about the different types of health care careers that exist. Project HOPE is part of a research study, so you will also fill out surveys. This will help us to understand how middle school students think about the career process. Project HOPE is a fun way to start thinking about your future!  Contact Mrs. Wilson for more information; mwilson@cr.k12.ia.us.


Teen Outreach

Open to all female students

Day:  Friday’s

Time:   1:30 to 2:30 pm, Room 319

For more information:  Main Office

The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is an after school opportunity for female students focusing on service projects in the community. The following is their list of accomplishments from last year: Salvation Army: Worked in community garden at Waypoint Daycare and played with the kids; Catholic Worker House: Made tie blankets, frozen meals and holiday treats for the families; Cedar Valley Humane Society: Made toys for the animals; Cold Stone Creamery: spent an afternoon "working" making ice cream donated the tip money to the Ronald McDonald house; Card-making projects: get well soon cards for the hospital, Valentine's cards for school teachers, Christmas cards for veterans at the Salvation Army Ridgeview Nursing home; Higley Mansion Care Center: volunteered to spend time playing games with the residents.  TOP end-of-the-year celebration was at Adventureland.


Star Achiever

Open to all students

Day:  Every other Friday after school 

Time: 1:30 to 4:00 pm 

Location:  Henry Davison Youth Center-Kirkwood Community College

For More Information:  Miss Johnson, attendance secretary

The partnership provides chosen middle school students the opportunity to visit the Kirkwood Regional Center and receive an overview of courses of study that will be available to them when in high school at no cost to the student.   Students receive one hour exposure to the fields of Auto Tech and Collision, Architecture, Construction and Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Welding, Criminal Justice, EMT, Pre-Professional Health Careers, and a Career Inventory Assessment.




Please see Miss Johnson, attendance secretary, for more information.


Extracurricular Eligibility Policy

The transition to the Learner Centered Assessment and Reporting model allows a more complete picture of a student's learning.  Additionally, it provides a method by which a student can reflect on his/her progress towards developing skills essential for a successful career in the working world.  The coaches and directors at McKinley find that fostering these skills through our athletic and fine arts programs as well as our after school activities is critical for the long term success of our students as they make the transition to high school and adulthood.  As a result mcKinley's Extracurricular Eligibility Policy will reflect our desire to have students perform at high levels both academically and behaviorally.


Eligibility:  For a student to be considered eligible for athletic contests, extracurricular fine arts performances, clubs and activities the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Passing grade in all classes.

  • Detention(s) must be served prior to participation in all extracurricular activities.  Coaches and parents will be notified of student detentions.

Eligibility Deadline:  Student eligibility will be examined every Thursday.  Students who do not meet these expectations will be ineligible for the following week's competitions, performances, etc.  If the student demonstrates they meet the requirements before a competition, it is the responsibility of the teacher to notify the coach of the student's eligibility.